Arroyo cites constraints in globally addressing refugees issue
Former President and incumbent Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited the constraints in effectively addressing the refugees phenomenon from an international efforts’ stand point.
In her message as House Speaker at Tuesday’s Parliamentarians Forum on Refugee Awareness and Protection Mechanism at the House of Representatives, Arroyo said not all member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have ratified the relevant United Nations Conventions.
Inter-ASEAN agreements are also not legally binding, added Arroyo, whose message was read at the forum by Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Glona Labadlabad.
Thirdly, she said the ASEAN Charter provides for non-interference in the internal affairs of member-states.
With the forum, the Philippine leader from 2001 up to 2010 expressed hope that more ideas can be generated to urge governments to ratify the UN protocols and support the declaration with more concrete actions.
“There is no better time than now to hold a thorough discussion of refugees’ rights and find solutions to this growing ASEAN problem,” a statement from the House of Representatives quoted Arroyo to have said in her message.
Tuesday’s forum was organized jointly by the House Committee on Human Rights, the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
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